Posted on August 10, 2021 at 2:30 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
The American Booksellers Association is not having the best summer.
Yesterday, the group issued a statement apologizing for including the wrong book in a bestseller list.
Blackout, a novel written by multiple authors about Black teens finding love, was supposed to be listed.
But instead, Blackout by Candace Owens — a prominent conservative whose book’s subtitle refers to the “Democrat plantation” — was featured.
The ABA’s apology explained that the failure to cross-check the cover image, erroneously placed by an inexperienced employee, was “was a terrible mistake with terrible racist implications.”
It went on to explain the origins of another controversial move, the inclusion of a book that questions gender dysphoria, in a mailed book box.
“Publishers pay ABA to include titles in the box, and ABA sends it to eligible bookstores,” CEO Allison Hill wrote. “Until now, no one has ever reviewed or screened the titles submitted by publishers.”
This may change in the future, she said.
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